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Those Little Reminders

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These little reminders are on my kitchen windowsill.

You know how you look at some things all the time and then you become blind to them?

I saw them with new eyes the other day.  I was thinking…hmmm…Proverbs and Dr. Suess…how do they go together?  But then I realized they do! I think God’s telling me to TRUST Him with all of my heart and then I will go places.  They absolutely go together!  Trust and going places. You know what I mean?

I think we all have places we want to go.  We all have plans.  We all have ideas and dreams.  But I’m a firm believer that God’s dreams and plans for me are bigger and better than anything I can imagine.  You too!

I love this from Ephesians.

My response is to get down on my knees before the Father, this magnificent Father who parcels out all heaven and earth. I ask him to strengthen you by his Spirit—not a brute strength but a glorious inner strength—that Christ will live in you as you open the door and invite him in. And I ask him that with both feet planted firmly on love, you’ll be able to take in with all followers of Jesus the extravagant dimensions of Christ’s love. Reach out and experience the breadth! Test its length! Plumb the depths! Rise to the heights! Live full lives, full in the fullness of God.

God can do anything, you know—far more than you could ever imagine or guess or request in your wildest dreams! He does it not by pushing us around but by working within us, his Spirit deeply and gently within us.  – Ephesians 3:14-21

It reminds me…it’s not knowledge or intellectual muscle or physical muscle that will help me go to the places I want to go.  It’s spiritual surrender.  I put down my brute strength and He fills me with glorious inner strength and off we go!

He want’s us to live full lives.  He wants to fill us up so He can take us places.

Your balloon awaits…

 

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Day 16 of thanks!

 

judy blume I’m grateful for the day a while back when I went to meet Judy Blume with my mom and daughter.

We were interviewed for a TV report while we were there which was pretty cool.  Here’s the video.

You don’t have to watch the whole thing but may want to if you are a Judy Blume fan.  But if you just want to see the parts we are in, go to 3:20 and 5:36.

http://vimeo.com/68641990

I’m grateful when my kids enjoy the same things I do (or at least they humor me and pretend and go along).  Actually, I’m just grateful when my daughter is not embarrassed to be seen with me.  And now this little outing is forever preserved on video.  🙂

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And now we state the obvious…

 

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I love books.

I’m grateful for books.  All of them.  Cook books, comic books, love stories, mysteries, self-help books, spiritual books, yoga books, little books, big books, poetry books, old crickety smelly books, shiny new hard cover hot off the presses books.

I love THE Book of course, the Holy Bible.  I LOVE IT because God speaks through it and lots of other reasons.  I love it because it’s not actually one book, it’s many books so it’s a library which I love because in libraries we can never be bored, or judged, or stuck.  We can soar in libraries and when we read the Bible too.  SOAR.

I love libraries because you walk in and just feel…”Ahhhhhhh….”.  The quietness and the smell and the BOOKS…it’s so good.   You can be TRANSPORTED all over the universe when you are just sitting in your chair.  LIVES CHANGE in libraries.  I’m grateful for libraries.

I imagine Heaven has lots of books…lots of libraries and cozy nooks filled with piles of books and comfy chairs and soft blankets and time.  Lots of time.  There’s no rush.  No hurry.  Just melt into that story and be well.

Let’s give a shout out to all the authors out there who bleed into the pages, who open their hearts and pour the contents out, who bravely enter the arena and fight, who can’t possibly know what their words will mean, what weight they will carry, whose lives they will change.  Yes, authors, we are grateful.

“That is part of the beauty of all literature. You discover that your longings are universal longings, that you’re not lonely and isolated from anyone. You belong.” 
― F. Scott Fitzgerald

I could go on and on but I want to have time to read.

God, thank you for books and authors and libraries.

God, Thank you for your WORD which gives life.

I am so grateful.

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